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Gregorich, Jr. Earns Yellow River Racing Series Feature Win! Mark Kraus Retains Point Lead

Posted under Race Reports by Wayne Brevik on July 12th, 2010

ERIN SCHLOUGH WINS D&D AMUSEMENT GAMES SUPER STOCK FEATURE EVENT.  DERK HAUSER, TIM ANDERSON, & GARY HAARKLAU SCORE WINS!

Fairchild, WI; July 10, 2010 – The threat of rain dissipated and the fans raced in to see some of the best racing thus far this year.  Fans on hand tonight were treated to the second leg of the Yellow River Racing Series and Mid-Season Championships.  The Yellow River Racing Series is a three race series and the finale will occur at the Annual Fall Shootout in September.

Nineteen cars started the 50-lap Yellow River Racing Series feature event, with visitor Matt Tifft among the starters.  Tifft, a 14-year old driver from Ohio, is a driver development driver under the direction of Schendel Racing based out of Sparta, WI.  Adam White and MG Gajewski led the field to the green flag with Gajewski edging out White to take the early lead.  Gajewski’s looked strong early holding off challenges from Chad Selk and Adam White.  On lap 13, Ben Pettis made a strong move entering turn three to take over the third spot from White.  Pettis now had his sites set on a very fast Selk for the runner up position.  Meanwhile, Gajewski appeared to be cruising up front, however, he started to billow spoke from his right front.  Starter Patrick Barrett threw the caution flag to take a look at the leader’s car.  Unfortunately, Gajewski had to park his car with a broken oil line.  Taking over the race lead on the restart was Chad Selk with Jim Sauter, Jr. taking over the second position.  Moving up through the field and taking over the fourth position was fast qualifier, Eugene Gregorich, Jr.  On lap-21 of the 50-lap feature, Eau Claire, WI native Ben Pettis worked his way to the outside of Sauter, Jr. and cleared the multi feature winner driver to take over the second spot.  At the halfway point of the race, Gregorich worked his way past Pettis for the runner up spot, setting his sites on race leader, Chad Selk.  Gregorich appeared to be able to run anywhere on the track, on lap-32, the gentleman driver cleared Selk with an outside move earning the top spot.  With Gregorich leading by 4-car lengths, the race for second was heating up with Pettis noticeably closing in on Selk.  A spin by the fifth place driver, Ronnie Rihn, caused a caution with 15-laps remaining.  Also caught up in the caution were Derek Gress and Adam White. Rihn and White were able to continue, however, Gress was finished for the evening.  On the restart, Gregorich appeared to be in control stretching his lead to 3-car lengths over Selk.  Selk appeared to be fast on short runs, and Pettis on long runs.  Pettis was passed by point leader Mark Kraus, but Pettis fought back on the outside and was able to get back by Kraus.  Both Pettis and Kraus appeared to close on second place runner Selk, however, with laps counting down, the two drivers ran out of time to better their respective positions.  Earning his first Yellow River Racing Series feature win was that of Eugene Gregorich.  Also going to the start/finish line for post race ceremonies was Chad Selk and Ben Pettis.  The two drivers finished on the podium with second and third place finishes respectively. Mark Kraus, Jason Weinkauf, and Jim Sauter, Jr. finished in 4th through 6th positions. 

FINISHING ORDER:

  1. #14 EUGENE GREGORICH, JR., 50 LAPS
  2. #29 CHAD SELK, 50 LAPS
  3. #7-11 BEN PETTIS, 50 LAPS
  4. #9 MARK KRAUS, 50 LAPS
  5. #76 JASON WEINKAUF, 50 LAPS
  6. #51 JIM SAUTER, JR., 50 LAPS
  7. #88 COLIN REFFNER, 50 LAPS
  8. #7 DON TURNER, 50 LAPS
  9. #97 BRIAN GOODWIN, 50 LAPS
  10. #15 DEAN LAPOINTE, 50 LAPS
  11. #89 MATT TIFFT, 50 LAPS
  12. #23 JAY VANDERGEEST, 50 LAPS
  13. #8 JOHN TOTZKE, 50 LAPS
  14. #21 JESSE POKSZYK, 50 LAPS
  15. #29 RONNIE RIHN, 50 LAPS
  16. #TV2 ADAM WHITE, 50 LAPS
  17. #80 DEREK GRESS, 35 LAPS, ACCIDENT
  18. #1 MG GAJEWSKI, 16 LAPS, OIL LINE
  19. #33 JACK GREENWOOD, 8 LAPS, HANDLING

Fast Qualifier: Eugene Gregorich – Heat Winners: John Totzke, Jr. & Chad Selk

Fourteen cars took to the track in the 20-lap D&D Amusement Games Super Stock feature event.  Matt Pyburn took the early lead with Terry Knupp a close second.  Having a great year and taking over the race lead was Greenwood’s Erin Schlough.  Schlough took over the points lead a few weeks ago and was certainly looking for that to stay status quo.  By lap seven, Schlough built a 10-car length lead on the rest of the field.  Kyle Andrich worked his way to the second spot, with Brian Weinfurter hot on his heels.  At the halfway point of the race, fast qualifier Mike Gwidt worked his way into the third position.  Two laps later, Gwidt worked his way past Andrich for the runner up position.  Racing side by side for the fourth spot was Weinfurter and Lyle Nowak.  This battle went out for 7 laps with Weinfurter finally getting the spot.  Out front, it was all Erin Schlough; Schlough cruised to an easy win with Gwidt coming home in second.  Andrich, Weinfurter, and Nowak rounded out the top five. Mike Gwidt was crowned Mid-Season Champ as Schlough had problems in qualifying, not earning the points needed for the crown.  Gwidt also won the their respective heats.

Dennis Goetsch jumped out to the early lead in the 20-lap 4-Cylinder feature event.  Goetsch held the lead until lap 6, when Steve Hauser took over the helm.  Hauser built a sizable lead with now, his son Derk, running in the second position.  With the two Hauser’s running in the top two spots, a very fast Austen Stump appeared to close the gap slightly.  However, on lap 13, Stump’s car spun in the middle of turn one and two bringing out the caution.  On the restart, it was once again Steve Hauser holding the top spot with his son Derk, running second.  With 5-laps to go, Steve Hauser’s car popped out of gear several times allowing Derk Hauser to capture the race lead.  Steve Hauser was forced to finish the race driving with one hand, as he had to hold the shifter in gear with his other hand. Derk Hauser went on to win the feature event with Steve Hauser coming home in second.  Battling his way back through the field and finishing third was Austen Stump.  Jared Lindner and Dennis Goetsch finished fourth and fifth respectively.  Rick Brandl and Derk Hauser come home winners in their heats.  Derk Hauser and Steve Hauser ended up tied for the Season Championship crown, hence, Track Promoter Wayne Brevik flipped a coin and Derk ended up winning the Mid Season Championship.

Bandits once again took to the half-mile paved oval of Marshfield Motor Speedway, with Matt Phelps and Harry Bell leading the group to the green flag.  Kohl Yach took over the race lead on lap five and held it until the final lap.  The race’s final lap was a good one; Tim Anderson and Kohl Yach battled to the end with Anderson coming home the winner and capturing the Mid-Season Championship.  With Yach finishing second, point leader Harry Bell finished third.  Roger Cochrane and Lee Gray rounded out the top five.  With a limited car amount in the Junkyard Warrior Division, they raced with the Bandits.  Gary Haarklau and Coletta Gomes has been top notch in the Junkyard Warrior Division all year, and tonight was no different as these two drivers finished first and second. 

Next week, the Mid-American Series invades Marshfield Motor Speedway with over 30 Mid Am’s scheduled to compete.  Also competing next week will be the D&D Amusement Games Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Junkyard Warriors, and Bandits. Also making their first appearance of the year, the Midwest Modifieds will also be competing.  Generally racing on the dirt, the Midwest Modifieds will be racing a tire of their choice to compete.  Also, the Bandit Division will be competing in “Racecar Bowling”.  Gates open at 4pm with qualifying at 5pm and racing beginning at 6:30 pm.  For more information, please visit us at: www.marshfieldspeedway.com See you at the races!